Adult Treatment

adult treatmentNothing says charismatic and youthful like a beautiful smile!  See how you can improve your smile and entire appearance with teeth that are straight and more attractive. 

Alignment of teeth can be changed at any age. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. A new smile can begin today!

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, even headaches and sometimes jaw joint (TMJ) pain. The real problem is that teeth continue to move and worsen as times goes by.

Good news! Modern orthodontic treatment techniques greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits and shorten treatment time.  In many cases, Dr. Sanford sees his adult patients every 2-3 weeks, thereby greatly reducing treatment time.  In many cases, treatment is only 4-6 months.  Even though adjustments are frequent, tooth movement is within normal limits to promote a healthy response from gum and bones.  New advances such as No-Trace braces (placed behind the teeth), Invisalign and ceramic braces plus affordable payment plans give adults many options.   The comment we most often hear from adult patients who have completed their treatment is “Why didn’t I do this sooner”?

No-Trace Braces

The No-Trace system is the invisible orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth in as little as 4-6 months.  The No-Trace system uses a set of extremely small, low profile brackets that are placed on the back side of your teeth, making them completely undetectable to anyone but you.
Whether you are a busy professional, an active homemaker, or a student, the No-Trace system is the treatment choice that works best with any lifestyle.  You can speak, eat, drink and travel withour ever worrying about your treatment's progress or misplaced trays.  In fact, No-Trace braces are so comfortable that most people forget they are even in treatment.
Benefits of No-Trace treatment
    - Enjoy fast, completely undetectable treatment
    - Speak clearly and confidently
    - Eat and drink without having to remove anything
    - Improve your smile in as lettle as several months with         minimal office visits

Tip Edge Plus Ceramic Braces 

Tip Edge Plus features a unique personalized color matching technology that makes braces virtually invisible. 
Using this technology, your braces give you a straight, beautiful smile in fewer appointments. 
Benefits of Tip-Edge Plus
    -the ceramic brackets blend flawlessly with every patient
    -enhanced comfort with smooth, gently rounded edges
    -protection for your tooth enamel


On the happy day that your braces are removed, you will receive a personalized cake baked by Dr. Sanford to celebrate!  However, you will not be done with orthodontic treatment yet.  The next phase called retention will begin.  Retention is a critical follow-through stage that involves wearing   orthodontic appliances called retainers. Wearing retainers is necessary because teeth actually have a “memory” and will want to revert back to their previous position.

You will be fitted for retainers shortly after your braces are removed.  We will take another set of impressions.  Several different types of retainers are available, and they are custom made just for you.  Dr. Sanford will recommend the type that will work best for you and will tell you when and how long to wear them. 

After a short time, most patients adjust very well to wearing retainers.  Some may find they produce more saliva than usual or find it a little harder to talk normally for the first day or so, but these things will quickly disappear.  At first you will be told to wear your retainers most of the day, every day, from several months to a year.  Later, Dr. Sanford may tell you to wear them only at night.  After a number of years you may only need to wear them a few nights a week.  It will be essential to wear your retainers as instructed.  Retainers should always be taken out when you eat or brush your teeth.

To stay germ free, retainers need proper cleaning.  They can be brushed gently with a regular toothbrush and tooth paste.  Denture cleaning tablets or “Retainer Brite” tablets can also be used.  Always use a retainer case.  Don’t expose retainers to heat, which could warp them.  With conscientious use and care, retainers can complete your transition from braces to a healthy smile.

Fixed bonded retainers are usually Dr. Sanford’s preferred option for adults following completion of their treatment.  Like lingual braces, these retainers consist of a wire which is bonded to the inside of some of the teeth and absolutely prevent the teeth from moving. They may remain in place for months or indefinitely.  Fixed retainers are cleaned by brushing and flossing.  A floss threader and  interproximal brush can also be helpful.


44 Old Ridgefield Rd.
Piersall Building, Suite 218
Wilton Center
Wilton, CT 06897
Phone: 203-762-2322
Fax: 203-761-9862

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8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.